‘The Compassionate Friends is a worldwide organisation, which was founded in England in 1969 and established in Victoria in 1978. It is a mutual assistance, self-help organisation offering friendship and understanding to families following the death of a child, sibling & grandchild of any age and from any cause. The primary purpose is to assist them in the rebuilding of their lives after the death of their child, sibling & grandchild and to support their efforts to achieve, emotional and mental health.’
When a child dies, no matter their age or the cause of death, grief lasts for longer than society in general recognises. It can take a long time before you regain any sense of normality in your life.
When you lose a sibling your whole world changes – your grasp on the past, your experience of the present and your hopes for the future.
At The Compassionate Friends you will find the special understanding of those who have “been there”. There is no pressure to talk or not talk, cry or not cry, just a chance to be yourself, to have time-out.
We offer a safe haven, a listening and understanding ear, a place where you can let down the mask, and if you wish, talk about your son or daughter, brother or sister who has died. We don’t promise a miracle cure, just comfort and the consolation and hope that broken threads can be picked up again.
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Dear Everyone at The Compassionate Friends,Thank you for the card and inserts, for Andrew’s first anniversary. I haven’t been to many meetings but really find your magazines extremely helpful, and I know that I can call, or drop by at any time.
I felt like I had found a new home. People who understood and empathised with what I was going through, feeling so lost, dark and alone. Yes, I have friends, yes I have support, but no-one, however well intentioned, not even my (professional) Counsellor could “get” what I am going through. I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to you and your beautiful group.Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart
The day Darren died, my life and my world changed forever. He was only 31 and died from a motorcycle accident. What a shock to his two brothers, his Dad, family and friends. From the first day, I went to a TCF meeting and met others who like me were grief stricken, none of us knowing how to go on with life, how to speak about our child who had died and all of us suffering so much pain. Yes, I was blessed I found the Compassionate Friends. Of course, I had supportive family and wonderful friends, who loved me, but no one really understood how I felt. How could they?? My new TCF friends were always there, for a hug, to just listen and let me talk about Darren, to laugh or cry. It’s now been 21yrs and I still feel loved, supported and understood by the people who unfortunately suffered like me. Knowing each other gave us strength and the courage to find a life again.